Our Public Services students were invited to take part in one of Europe’s biggest disaster training exercises last week. This involved emergency service crews attending a simulated scene of carnage following a tower block collapse onto a London tube station and eight train carriages.
The carriages were covered in debris and nearly 2,500 volunteers acted as casualties with injuries and traumas. Our students had make-up applied by specialist TV and film make-up artists to imitate a range of injuries such as cuts, bruises, lacerations and fractures. They were then positioned into various places within the operation to await rescue and emergency medical treatment. In this situation the volunteers experienced first-hand the roles and teamwork of the emergency crews.
Student Matthew Beasley said: “This experience has given me an amazing learning curve. I am looking to join the fire service when I finish my course and I think my chances of success have been seriously heightened by taking part.”